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November 2007 News Update

November 2007 News Update
Just for you "Anoraks"
We have added a new page giving More Microphone Advice

Gordon mentioned in GUITARIST magazine Nov 07

Tristan Seume's column in this month's Guitarist magazine is about a technique that all Giltrap "anoraks" will be familiar with - harping.

Tristan explains the technique, which he learned from Gordon and there is a page of notation and tab of a tune inspired by "Nursery Chimes" The track is also on the included cd - so you can hear how it should sound when the technique is correctly applied.

Curiously, the article includes a picture of Gordon from the 1970's !


There are now two more officially uploaded videos on Youtube:
Drifter Click here and On TipToe / Oh Well Click here

Please subscribe to the Gordon Giltrap Channel so that you are notified when new videos are added Click here

On a recent night off, Gordon went to Sheffield to see fellow guitarists Tommy Emmanuel and Andy McKee in concert. To read Gordon's account of the night Click here

As expected, the Rick Wakeman Grumpy Old Picture Show Tour which features some footage of Gordon playing has been going down well with fans. To read the whole story in one place, along with a couple of backstage pictures from the night and new reviews Click here to go to the separate page.

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Gordon releases official video on YouTube

Exclusive unseen footage of Gordon playing Mrs Singer's Waltz, combined with footage of UK Champion ballroom dancers Ian Sharpe and Victoria Lawrence has been made available to the public via Youtube.

To read the story behind this video, Click here

This is intended to be the first of many such legitimate releases of previously unseen official footage.

To view the video Click here

Make sure to subscribe to the GordonGiltrap Channel so that you get to find out about more videos as they are added Click here

To see an earlier article on this site regarding YouTube Click here

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Gordon writes:

It was whilst filming my Guitar Maestro's DVD that mention of Mark Radcliffe's superb book NORTHERN SKY came up in the interview with Trevor Dann. I had a vague knowledge of this book but beyond that, not a lot. The basic story is of a guy returning to his home town in the North and re-establishing relationships with an early girlfriend and musician friends and their involvement in a local folk club. In the filmed interview Trevor quoted from page 19 of the book:

'Not just any old Fylde, Edwardo. A Fylde Gordon Giltrap Signature spruce top with ebony fingerboard and Florentine cutaway, that's all.' I couldn't take my eyes off it. Gorgeous, Mo. Gorgeous. How much?' Two thousand notes,' Mo said proudly.

Needless to say, it was good to get a name check in such a cracking good book as this, and one I can heartily recommend to anyone who has a love for their local folk club, and indeed the British Folk club scene at large, here in the UK. It's a great read I promise you, with many references to the late Nick Drake, and John Martyn as well as many heroes who have graced most of the folk club stages throughout the years.

More info:
Northern Sky (2005)
A novel by Mark Radcliffe

A warm and funny novel about folk musicians, by one of Britain's most popular radio broadcasters. Having been sacked from his university teaching job, Ed has returned to his home town to pick up the threads of his old life with his friends and ex-girlfriend, Jeannie, in the Northern Sky folk music club. His dream is to play with them again, making music like his hero Nick Drake - and maybe even a little money. But know-it-all Matt O'Malley is now running the club and has ambitious plans for them that involve contracts and record deals. Can Ed get in on the act, or does O'Malley have a hidden agenda involving the less talented but more photogenic Lane Fox? And can Ed win Jeannie back - or will his legendary temper prevent him from getting anything right? This is a funny and touching novel, written with real Northern soul by one of the country's most popular and knowledgeable commentators on music. It will appeal to anyone who loves music, anyone who's ever been young and ambitious, and anyone who's ever fallen out with someone over the one thing that unites them.

» Paperback: 320 pages
» Publisher: Hodder Paperback; New Ed edition (5 Jun 2006)
» ISBN-10: 0340715693

Available from Amazon Click here

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Great to hear Raymond Burley playing Gordon's music on mainstream radio where it belongs as part of the Sarah Kennedy show, at around 6.20am .
Each days show is available on listen again here for one week: Click here

Use link above, then click the appropriate day of the week and follow instructions below:

Monday, short snippet of Simply Margaret - click the fast forward 5mins once, fast forward 15mins once, track comes on at 24min 23sec.

Tuesday, From the 4 Winds - click the fast forward 5mins once, fast forward 15mins once, track comes on at 22min 15sec.

Weds, Kaz click the fast forward 5mins once, fast forward 15mins once, track comes on at 21min 55sec.

Thursday, short snippet of Rainbow Kites - click the fast forward 5mins once, fast forward 15mins once, track comes on at 24min 20sec.

Friday, Tears of Joy -plus great comment by Sarah afterwards, click the fast forward 5mins once, fast forward 15mins once, track comes on at 21min 20sec.

You can also email Sarah Kennedy, and request more of this cd to be played here: Click here


Gordon and Raymond also gave a great live interview on Radio Kent with Pat Marsh on Thursday 1st November, which you can hear as an MP3 by scrolling to the bottom of this page and clicking on the picture.

Attention all our "Guitar Anoraks"

The new magazine, Performing Musician, has a two page article on Gordon's pedal board in its November issue - available now. Click here for more info.